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Nintendo Japan gives punters a chance to buy a Limited Edition Charizard 3DS XL

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A Charizard 3DS XL is here

Nintendo of Japan is releasing a special Limited Edition 3DS XL with a Charizard skin, but those who wish to buy one will have to win a raffle draw before they can put down any money.

To be in the running to buy a Charizard 3DS XL, those interested must first visit a Pokémon Center retailer in Japan between Nov. 3 and Nov. 26 and fill out a form. Those who wish to mail in their form can download a copy from the Pokémon website. The participant's details will be recorded and they will then go into a "lottery draw". The winners will be able to buy the Pokémon-themed 3DS XL for 18,900 yen (approximately $236).

The winners will be notified via postcard on Dec. 7, 2012. Applications are limited to one form per person and if winners try to transfer their postcards to someone else they will be disqualified. The competition is only open to those in Japan.

This isn't the first Pokémon-themed 3DS XL Nintendo has announced. Earlier this month Nintendo revealed a yellow Pikachu 3DS XL, which will be available in Europe later this year. There is currently no release date or price for the Pikachu handheld console.